Friday, December 25, 2015

Carrot Cake Pancakes ala ~CHB~

Carrot Cake Pancakes ala ~CHB~
(original recipe by Bobby Flay)

Pancakes
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice*
½ tsp. fine sea salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup eggnog
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
½ tsp. vanilla
2 small jars carrot baby food
1 tsp. grated orange zest (optional)
1 Tbsp. grated crystalized ginger or diced candied ginger

* If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.
  • Whisk the first five (dry) ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, add the next 7 ingredients until smooth; fold in ginger; cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Heat griddle to medium heat; brush with butter and continue heating until butter foams.
  • Drop ¼ cupfuls of batter onto heated griddle; cook until bubbles start to form and burst (about 2 minutes); flip and cook to set the other side another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • As the pancakes are ready, place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and keep them warm in the oven until ready to eat.
Topping
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup pure maple syrup
  • Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add maple syrup and whip for 1 minute.
  • Warm the topping in the oven (or the microwave).
  • Serve pancakes with topping.